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Ga-Maila Festive Meltdown will pack fun

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The second edition of the Ga-Maila festival is returning with a scintillating concept for those who will be in the southern part of the country over the festive season.

The event, a concept of none other than DJ Sly aka Slyvester Ntshinogang and his pals are bringing back a bigger and value for money event dubbed the Ga-Maila Festive Meltdown this December.

The main event will take place on December 31st at Motse Lodge and is promising revellers an untold tale of fun, music and dance throughout the night. On January 1st, those who wish to continue celebrating the New Year will get an opportunity to do so via the Vision 2016 Welcome Bash at the same venue.

For the main event, revellers can look forward to performances from the likes of Vee, MMP Family, Gongmaster, Slizer, BK Proctor, DJ Ricky Lamar, NT Base as well as Shaboo. Pre-sold tickets are on sale for P100, while one can get for P150 at the gate.

The line-up for the welcome bash comprises of HHP, Sasa Klaas, Amanandos, DJ Oak, Kaylo, Techlo, Polyster, Nokwazi, African Roots and Beat Movement.
According to one of the organisers, Gaolathe Kediemetse the January 1st event is meant to entertain those who normally have no place to go on the day.

Organisers have also indicated that this time around they increased the number of local acts. He said they were receiving a lot of calls from artists in Kanye and surrounding areas who wish to be part of the event.

Unfortunately, he said this was impossible as they could only take a certain number of artists. He also promised that they would host a workshop for artists in the area.  

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Motlha to finally release debut album

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Trendsetting songbird Motlha is pencilled to release his solo album in February next year. Motlha is signed under Rok Lefatshe Records. The album will be produced by Suffocate. The vibrant singer currentlyhas three singles out and they include Hisa Hisa (featuring ATI), Mmamotse (which catapulted him to the top of the charts) as well as Nnenekwane.

Speaking in an interview with this publication last week ahead of his debut at the Mascom Live Sessions event featuring Bongo Maffin, he revealed that he started work on music for his debut album right after the release of Mmamotse.

He also says that the album is still a work in progress, and that he is yet to finalise the final list of songs that will make it into the album, as well as the name of the album. Ï am still eliminating and adding songs,” he explains.

He further says that his fans should look forward to collaborations with artists such as Zanda Zakusa (South Africa) and Soul Culture (also from South Africa). He reveals that he wants to work with a lot of artists who are in line with his vision.

He also notes that it is difficult for him to identify his genre. Some he says, classify his music as Afro Jazz, other Jazz with a fusion of RnB. Ï am still trying to classify my genre, and I might have to come up with a name for my sound,” he notes.His goal, he says, is to make music that touches and changes lives in a postive way. “I want to empower people through music.”

Meanwhile, Motlha proved his mettle as a stage performer of note when he put on an impressive performance at the Mascom Live sessions this past Friday.He gave revellers their money’s worth and many cheered and sang along throughout his energetic performance.

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Kokoamokoko entrances poetry lovers at his wedding

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TALENTED: The recently married poet is working on a new album.

Former President’s Day competitions poetry award winner Okabo Gaopelo, also known as Kokoamokoko, tied the knot in style this past weekend in Mankgodi. The energetic performer could not help but serenade guests with his rich Setswana poetic rhythm. The superb poet better known as ‘Kokoamokoko’ planned on enjoying his day while listening to other poets doing what he loves best.

A variety of poets made his day as they added the cherry to the blissful wedding by presenting poems to him. While he had sworn that he would not recite any poem, his talent itched to be shared and he asked for the mic and gladly presented poetic verses, singing praises to his gorgeous wife.

The guests cheered him in amusement, imitating his usual line “Ke kokoamokoko weeee.”Gaopelo glamorously rocked his traditional attire that he normally use for his poetic sessions, saying that it is his signature for the love of arts. The bridesmaids and groomsmen also looked the part in the African attire, and they danced magnificently, showing off their well-choreographed moves.

They danced to the poet’ traditional song Ao ntate, from his album Tswhwarelo. Gaopelo told Vibe that he performed his work on his wedding day in order to motivate upcoming artistes who enjoy poetry and traditional music. He pointed out that many people think that many people seem to think that musicians and other arts practitioners do it to earn a living, but that is not the case.

“I wanted to show that we also do this out of passion and to showcase our talent. It really felt wonderful to perform for my wife and guests, and to also dance to my own song on my wedding day.” Gaopelo added that he plans to release another album next year.

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